Navajo Man Earns Title 'Librarian of the Year'

A Navajo Nation librarian was given top honors recently for his contributions to literacy on the 27,000-square-mile reservation.

Irving Nelson, who serves as library program supervisor of the Navajo Nation, was selected from a pool of more than 500 librarians worldwide for the title of Librarian of the Year for 2010.

Reader to Reader, a nonprofit organization based at Amherst College in Amherst, MA honored Nelson for his more than three decades of advocating for literacy on the reservation.

"Irving Nelson is an extraordinary individual," said David Mazor, executive director of Reader to Reader. "His dedication to his library and the citizens that use it is unsurpassed."

Nelson began his career driving a bookmobile on the reservation's rural roads. He also is credited with building an American Indian collection that includes 11,000 books, oral history tapes and land-claim records dating to 1675. Farmington NM Daily News reports.

LISNews Librarian Essay Contest Winners!

Thanks to our panel of esteemed judges, Gary Price, Michael Stephens, Stephen Michael Kellat, Brett Bonfield and Jessamyn West, and everyone who voted on the essays pages. Winning essayists will receive one of several prizes including Amazon or Borders gift cards, and librarian web hosting from

The Unspeakable Truth
Patron Expectations vs. Librarian Expectations in Library Service
Don't Forget About Us

All three essays were very well read, rated by the readers, and universally well liked by the judges. There are so many other good essays there, so if you haven't read them all, find some time and see what you've missed.

Brand New Campaign: Save Libraries

Something we all care about has become a website, a facebook page and a twitter campaign, Save Libraries, organized by librarian Lori Reed.

LISHost is proud to host the new website; here's the facebook page and the twitter hashtag is #savelibraries. How many hits on twitter??? Check out

Now get out there and spread the word!! More info to come shortly.

Find a Library App

Scott Douglas announced on his blog that he had developed his first iPhone app; a very basic app that lists the phone numbers and address for every library in California. An update to the app will include additional states.

After False Start, PTFS Finally Acquires LibLime

After False Start, PTFS Finally Acquires LibLime
After some delay, the acquisition of Koha ILS support vendor LibLime by Progressive Technology Federal Systems (PTFS) is now "signed and completed," according to John Yokley, PTFS co-founder and CEO.

In January, just before the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Annual meeting, PTFS announced its plans to acquire LibLime, but was stymied in February by a dispute over financial terms. The deal was called off.

2010 Buffalo Small Press Book Fair

If you happen to be in the WNY or Southern Ontario area (like me!) don't miss the 2010 Buffalo Small Press Book Fair Saturday March 27th. The Buffalo Small Press Book Fair is a regional one day event that brings booksellers, authors, bookmakers, zinesters, small presses, artists, poets, and other cultural workers (and enthusiasts) together in a venue where they can share ideas, showcase their art, and peddle their wares. There's a Kickstarter fundraising page to help defray the costs.

The event is being held in the Karpeles Manuscript Library. The Karpeles Library is the world's largest private holding of important original manuscripts & documents. The archives include Literature, Science, Religion, History and Art. Among the treasures are .... "The original draft of the Bill of Rights of the United States", The original manuscript of " The Wedding March", Einstein's description of his " Theory of Relativity", The " Thanksgiving Proclamation" signed by George Washington, Roget's " Thesaurus", Webster's " Dictionary" and over one million more.

Help the Library Society of the World Send Walt Crawford to ALA

From Laura Crosset's blog, lis dom:

On Saturday, Walt Crawford, friend to many of us, foe to the absolutist, “library voice of the radical middle,” author, blogger, lover of stone fruit and old movies and the Lovin’ Spoonful, and probably the foremost expert on blogs by library people in the English-speaking world, announced that he had lost his job and that he might thus not be able to go to ALA this year or to continue Cites & Insights.

Library Society of the World/LSW has taken up the charge, and will attempt to raise funds to send Walt to ALA, with any extra money going toward Cites & Insights.

Since Saturday night, when we first announced this project, 26 people have so far donated $815. If you’d like to help out (I figure this will get Walt to Washington, D.C. and lodged for a bit, but he might want to get back to California at some point), you can send your contributions

* to me via PayPal (my account is newrambler at gmail dot com)
* to me by check (Laura Crossett, Send Walt to ALA Fund,
PO Box 85, Meeteetse, WY 82433)
* directly to Walt via the PayPal button on Cites & Insights

The Latest From LISWire - The Librarian's News Wire

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---Marlboro College Partners with ByWater Solutions for Koha Implementation
- Release posted by ByWater Solutions on March 15th 2010 11:40
March, 15th 2010 CONTACT: Nathan Curulla (888) 900-8944 [email protected] Marlboro College Partners with ByWater Solutions for Koha Implementation ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and official Koha support company, announced today that Marlboro College, of Marlboro, VT. has partnered with them for the installation and support of the commun...

---University of Chicago Press Joins Current Scholarship Program
- Release posted by Blake on March 14th 2010 07:51
University of Chicago Press Joins Current Scholarship Program The University of Chicago Press and JSTOR announced today that they will join forces in the Current Scholarship Program. Scheduled to launch early next year, the program will bring scholarly content from leading not-for-profit publishers to a single integrated platform, making its use more innovative, efficient, and affordable f...

---Call to Action: Save State Funding for Florida's Public Libraries
- Release posted by birdie on March 14th 2010 09:05
Saturday, March 13, 2010 On March 10, 2010 appropriations committees in the Florida House and Senate adopted positions eliminating all funding for Floridas State Aid to Public Libraries program. We are now looking for Volunteers to protest at the Florida State Capitol Building, 400 South Monroe Street in Tallahassee on Tuesday March 16, 2010. If you are in...

Celebrating Our Own / LISNews Author Andy W's a Mover & Shaker

Congratulations Andy!!!! From Library Journal:

Flavor of the Month Move over, Cherry Garcia. If Andy Woodworth has his way, the next hot Ben & Jerry's flavor could be Gooey Decimal System.

The 32-year-old adult services librarian at Bordentown Library, NJ, Woodworth is creator of “People for a Library Themed Ben & Jerry's Flavor” a Facebook group he started in June 2009 that's mushroomed to more than 8000 members and quickly gained international media and blogging attention. (It's been picked up by Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish, The New Yorker's The Book Bench blog, Britain's The Guardian, and even the United Arab Emirates newspaper, The National.)

But don't be fooled. Woodworth's project has a hidden agenda—it's part of a multipronged advocacy effort to get libraries noticed, appreciated, and funded.

I don't care what the name of the winning flavor is...but it's GOT TO have chocolate.


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